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    Only if...

    Hi!

    I just want to know if the following sentences are acceptable in writing or speech:

    Only if it had rained that we would have canceled the picnic.
    Only if you admit your mistake that you are going to feel better.
    Only if he takes his medicine that he can expect a full recovery.

    instead of -

    (a) Only if it had rained would we have canceled the picnic.
    (b) Only if you admit your mistake are you going to feel better.
    (c) Only if he takes his medicine can he expect a full recovery.

    I know the second set of sentences (a, b, c) is correct.

    Please reply. Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Only if...

    Quote Originally Posted by asdf1234 View Post
    Hi!

    I just want to know if the following sentences are acceptable in writing or speech:

    Only if it had rained that we would have canceled the picnic.
    Only if you admit your mistake that you are going to feel better.
    Only if he takes his medicine that he can expect a full recovery.

    instead of -

    (a) Only if it had rained would we have canceled the picnic.
    (b) Only if you admit your mistake are you going to feel better.
    (c) Only if he takes his medicine can he expect a full recovery.

    I know the second set of sentences (a, b, c) is correct.

    Please reply. Thank you in advance.
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